Little sympathy in Morocco for Ramadan boycott group
RABAT (AFP) - The seats outside cafes are empty and streets eerily quiet in the hour before sunset, as Moroccans wait to break the day-long Ramadan fast. But one group is causing a stir by flouting religious convention.
Masayminch ("We're not fasting" in the local Arabic dialect) was founded in July by Moroccan youths seeking to defend individual liberties, starting with the right of non-believers to eat, drink or smoke in public during the Muslim holy month.
"The essential vision is to tell society that we are different, and that we shouldn't have to hide to live in peace," Mr Imad Iddine Habib, 23, a co-founder of the group, told AFP.
Morocco has a reputation as a particularly tolerant Muslim country, where the form of Islam practised is distinctly moderate.